CFPA Band

The band concentration is a four year program designed to prepare students for collegiate music study and the discipline and attitude expected of the professional musician. Students will focus on areas of musicianship, music theory and history, keyboard knowledge and solo and chamber ensemble performance. Three levels of string ensembles and concert bands are available to provide students with ample opportunity for real life performance experience.

 


Mr. Magee, Band Director
Mr. Magee
mageede@pwcs.edu

 

Band Audition Requirements

Rising 9th graders- Wind Instruments

  1. Major Scales (30% of total score)
    • Perform the following major scales from memory: Concert B flat, E flat, A flat, C and F. (horns only do not perform C concert scale as it cannot be played within the range requirement)
  2. Chromatic Scale (30% of total score)
    • (minimum of one octave) Must be memorized and played slurred ascending and tongued descending. Required ranges are listed below:
  3. Prepared Etude (40% of total score)
    •  The required etude for your instrument is the VBODA required etude for your instrument. You can acquire this music form your instrumental teacher, or contact Mr. Magee at mageeDE@pwcs.edu to get a copy.

Percussion Instruments for students from middle schools (rising 9th graders)

  1. Major Scales (30% of total score)
    • Perform the following major scales with mallets : Concert A flat,  B flat, E flat, C and F.
  2. Perform 3 rudiments on snare drum (30% of total score)
    • Long roll, 5 stroke roll, paradiddle. Play each rudiment for 15 seconds, use open-close-open method and these rudiments are to be memorized.
  3. Prepared Etude (40% of total score)
    • The required etude for your instrument is the VBODA etude. You can acquire this music form your instrumental teacher, or contact Mr. Magee at mageeDE@pwcs.edu to get a copy.

Rising 10th and 11th graders- Winds and Percussion Instruments

  1.  Major Scales (30% of total score) Please note the following scale requirements:
    • Major scales are must be memorized  
    • Scales are to be played in as many complete octaves as possible on the instrument except for percussionists who will play 2 octaves for each scale.
    • Articulation is legato tongue up and down. 
    • Tempo is MM = 100 for wind players, MM = 160 for percussionists. 
    • The following rhythm pattern will be used for all octaves: quarter note (tonic) followed by eighth notes. 
    • Major Scales to be performed:
      • Flute/Piccolo- A, B
      • Oboe- B, F
      • Bassoon- Bb, E
      • Clarinet- F, G
      • Saxophone- B, Eb
      • Trumpet- G, C
      • Horn- F, Ab
      • Trombone- F, Bb
      • Euphoniuim- F, Bb
      • Tuba- F, Bb
    • Snare Drum: This section is used for rudimental score. Rudiments to be performed are:  long roll, 9 stroke roll, paradiddle, ratamacue,  and flam accent.
    • Timpani: We will not require timpani this year.
  2. Chromatic Scale (30% of total score) Please note the following scale requirements:
    • Slur ascending, tongued descending (except trombones and percussion). 
      Instruments play their chromatic scale in sixteenth notes at the tempo given below. (Quarter note = one beat) All tempos given are the required MINIMUM; students may play faster. 
      • Piccolo: D below staff to altissimo C (2 octaves + 7th) MM = 120 
      • Flute: C below staff to altissimo C (3 octaves) MM = 120 
      • Oboe: C below staff to E above high C (2 octaves + 3rd) MM = 120 
      • English Horn: C below staff to D above staff (2 octaves + 2nd) MM = 120 
      • Bassoon: Bb below staff to high Bb one octave above staff (3 octaves) MM = 96 
      • Eb Clarinet: Same as Bb Clarinet (see below) 
      • Bb Clarinet: E below staff to G above high C (3 octaves + 3rd) MM = 120 
      • Bass Clarinet: E below staff to C above the staff (2 octaves + 6th) MM = 120 
      • Contra Clarinet: E below staff to G# above staff (2 octaves + 3rd) MM = 96 
      • Alto Saxophone: Bb below staff to F above staff (2 octaves + 5th); hold high F for two counts prior to descending. MM = 120 
      • Tenor Saxophone: Same as Alto Saxophone (see above) 
      • Baritone Saxophone: Same as Alto Saxophone (see above) MM = 96 
      • Cornet/Trumpet: G below staff to C above staff (2 octaves + 4th) MM = 120 
      • Horn: F below staff to Bb above staff MM = 120  
      • Tenor Trombone: Low F to 4th ledger line Bb (2 octaves + 5th); legato tongue ascending, staccato tongue descending. MM = 96 
      • Bass Trombone: C below staff to F above staff (2 octaves + 4th); legato tongue ascending, staccato tongue descending. MM = 96  
      • Euphonium TC: G below staff to C above staff (2 octaves + 4th) MM = 120 
      • Euphonium BC: Low F to 4th ledger line Bb (2 octaves + 5th ) MM = 120 
      • Tuba: Lowest F to highest Bb (2 octaves + 4th) MM = 112 
      • Mallets: 3 octaves ONLY; minimum tempo MM = 144 
      • Snare Drum: Long roll (30 second time limit), concert roll, sustained sound, pp-ff-pp (15 second time limit) 
  3. Prepared Etude (40% of total score):
    • Students perform the prepared etude for their instrument as posted on the VBODA website.  You can acquire this music form your instrumental teacher, or contact Mr. Magee at mageeDE@pwcs.edu to get a copy. Percussionists will not perform the timpani portion of the etude.
  4. Sight-Reading (0% of total score): Students will not be required to sight read this year.

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